lottery logoWelcome to the Caring Communities Project funded by the BIG Lottery. Our aim is to launch 16 hubs providing local support and information for carers across Hertfordshire by 2019.

Community for carers logoWhat are Carer Support Hubs?

You told us that you wanted much stronger local support for carers. It is our job to use the £200,000 BIG Lottery Fund to provide a grassroots service run by carers for carers, to best meet your needs. The hubs are one-stop shop where you can find information about what is happening in your local area, get advice, support and make friends.

We now have 14 hubs running in Berkhamsted, Bishop’s Stortford, Borehamwood, Buntingford, Chorleywood, Hemel Hempstead, Hoddesdon, Potters Bar, Letchworth Garden City, St Albans, Stevenage, Ware, Watford and Welwyn Garden City. New Hub groups will be set up in Harpenden and Royston during 2018/19.

Our hubs are groups run by volunteers or carers for carers and focus on offering emotional and practical support. Most groups meet once a month and offer activities include a programme of speakers and time to talk. Carers can book 1:1 appointments with a Carers in Hertfordshire Carer Support Advisor at some meetings to plan their caring role.

In addition to our Carer Support Hub groups many areas will have Peer Led Carer Groups, for example there is a Carers' Camera Club, a Stitch and Knit group, plus support groups in areas such as Borehamwood and Bushey. You can find out about all these here - pdf Hubs and Peer Led Support Groups List 2018 (221 KB) .

There are some evening groups - one in Hemel Hempstead that meets on the second Thursday of every other month at Greenhills Day Service, Tenzing Road, Hemel Hempstead, from 7pm - 8.30pm and another in Hatfield at the Tesco Extra (Community Room) on the second Wednesday of each month from 7.30pm - 9pm.

You can find out more about Hubs in our new 2017 video An Introduction to Carer Support Hubs and there is also a video about the Stevenage Carers' Support group here which we have been supporting for a number of years. This will give you an idea of what a Carer Support Group will look like.

 

Watford Carers enjoy a cream teaWatford Carers enjoy a cream tea.

In addition each hub area will have Volunteer Ambassadors whose role it is to help identify new carers and to spread the word about what is available locally for them.

Volunteer Ambassador JamesVolunteer Ambassador James promoting support for carers at a Community Event.

Within each hub area you can also attend workshops to learn new skills and have a break from caring. Please click here to see what events are available.

Click here to see a video of carers at our Singing course..

Upcoming Hub Events.

Tuesday 9th October 2018, 10.30am - 12.30pm: Our Berkhamsted Carers Support Hub meets at the Swan Youth Project, Berkhamsted. This meeting there will be a speaker from the Hospice of St Francis talking about the service they provide people with life-limiting illness and their carers and relatives.

Wednesday 10th October 2018, 10.30am - 12pm noon: Our Hemel Hempstead Carers Support Hub meets at the South Hill Centre, Hemel Hempstead. This This month there will be a speaker from Hertfordshire University who wants to discuss ‘What makes a good nurse?’ to help them develop their nurse training curriculum.

Thursday 11th October 2018, 10am - 12pm noon: Our Borehamwood Carers Support Hub meets at the Allum Manor House and Hall, Elstree. There will be a speaker from Hertfordshire County Council’s Money Advice Unit talking about benefits and finances.

Monday 15th October 2018, 10.30am - 12.30pm: Our Chorleywood and Rickmansworth Carers Support Hub meets at Christ Church, The Common, Chorleywood. This meeting a speaker from Herts Mind Network will talk about emotional support available in Hertfordshire and mental health and wellbeing. You can find useful information on this website www.hertsmindnetwork.org

Tuesday 16th October 2018, 10.30am - 12.30pm: Our St Albans Carers Support Hub meets at St Paul's Church, Blandford Road, St Albans. This meeting a local artist and art teacher will be leading a craft activity.

Wednesday 17th October 2018, 10.30am - 12.30pm: Our Letchworth Carers Support Hub meets at Garden House Hospice, Letchworth. This meeting there will be a speaker from Hertfordshire Trading Standards to talk about scams and how to avoid them. There will also be a chance to have a one to one appointment with one of our Carer Support Advisors.

Wednesday 17th October 2018, 12pm noon - 2pm: Our Welwyn Garden City Carers Support Hub meets at the United Reformed Church, Church Road, Welwyn Garden City. This meeting there will be a speaker from Hertfordshire County Council talking about falls and how to prevent them or support someone.

Friday 19th October 2018, 10.30am - 12.30pm: Our Ware Carers Support Hub meets at the Salvation Army Hall, Baldock Street, Ware. This meeting a Carer Practitioner from Hertfordshire County Council will be coming along to talk about the support the Council provides carers.

Thursday 8th November 2018, 10.30am - 1.30pm: We will be launching our Ware Carers Support Hub with an Information and Support Event at Royston Town Hall, Melbourn Street, Royston, SG8 7DA. There will be a chance to find out about local support for you, what a Hub is and what support you would like from a group as well as a chance to join in a yoga and relaxation session. Places are limited and must be booked by calling 01992 58 69 69 or email

Changes to Hub venues and/or meeting dates or times

From September 2018 our Chorleywood and Rickmansworth Carers Support Hub will be meeting at a new venue. The Hub will be meeting at Christ Church Chorleywood, The Common, Rickmansworth Road, Chorleywood, WD3 5SG. The Hub meets on the third Monday of the month from 10.30am - 12.30pm.

From August 2018 our Potters Bar Carers Support Hub will be meeting at a new venue. The Hub will be meeting at King Charles the Martyr Church, 368 Mutton Lane, Potters Bar, EN6 3AS. The Hub meets on the last Wednesday of the month from 10.30am - 12.30pm.

From July 2018 our Borehamwood Carers Support Hub will be meeting at a new, bigger venue. The Hub will be meeting at Allum Manor House & Hall (Room 3), 2 Allum Lane, Elstree, Herts, WD6 3PJ. The group meets on the second Thursday of the month from 10am – 12pm noon and will have the first meeting at this new venue on Thursday 12th July 2018.

Details of where and when the hubs meet are in the Hubs and Peer Led List that can be downloaded below. Hubs are drop-in groups and do not need to be booked, but we ask if possible that you plan to attend for the whole session. If you want to register an interest in attending or confirm the time and venue please contact us by phone on 01992 58 69 69 or email  

How can you get involved?

There are lots of training opportunities for carers to take on a variety of voluntary roles when their local hub opens.

You can also look at the volunteer roles available in the Caring Communities Project by clicking here (link to Volunteer Jobs page) To register your interest in any part of this project email or call 01992 58 69 69.

One way we keep in touch with our Hub Volunteers is via newsletter and you can read our latest  pdf Hub Volunteer Newsletter (566 KB) here.

We would love to hear from you!

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Alex Daar
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Carers in Hertfordshire’s Bishop’s Stortford Hub Carer Support Group – Wednesday 7th March 2018

Dear Carer

The next meeting will be held:

Where:  Bishop’s Stortford Baptist Church, Twyford Road, CM23 3LJ. 

When:  Wednesday 7th March, 10.30am-12.30 pm (1st Wednesday of each month)

Speaker:  This month Emily Clowry with give a talk about Hertfordshire County Council’s Walking Scheme.  Charlotte Janes, Carer Support Advisor, Carers in Hertfordshire, will attend to give 1:1 advice.  Please think about any issues you want to bring.  Charlotte may also offer support by telephone from the office if time runs out.

 

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